In Season 2 of The Flash, Barry faced off against Earth-2 Hunter Zolomon. Earth-2 Zolomon dressed up as this incredibly intimidating blue-streak evil speedster with a super creepy mask and a super creepy voice. Whether it was intentional or not, the writers gave the impression that this Zoom was inspired by the comics. That was clearly not the case. The Zoom we saw in Season 2 was Earth-2 Zoom; he was a completely original character.
This is something that is not talked about often.
The real Zoom — the comic book Zoom — is Hunter Zolomon from Earth-1. In the comics, Zoom is in a yellow costume that is nearly identical to that of the Reverse Flash. Traditionally, he is not a speedster and is instead an individual capable of manipulating time. He can slow down time around him, which enables him to move at superhuman speeds and challenge the Flash.
At one point in Season 2, we actually got a sneak peak at the real Zoom. Near the end of Episode 11, "The Reverse-Flash Returns," Earth-2 Hunter Zolomon (while he was pretending to be Jay Garrick), took Caitlin to Hofherr Park and showed her his Earth-1 doppelgänger. If my theory is correct, that is the real Zoom, the Zoom we knew in the comics.
Bringing the real Zoom into #TheFlash at some point in the future would make the show a lot more fun. Up until now, it seems that the only real threats that Barry has faced have either come from evil speedsters or Grodd. Of course, there were a few villains of the week that made things difficult for the Flash, but none of them really challenged him the way that Reverse Flash, Earth-2 Zoom, Savitar, or Grodd did.
If they were to introduce the real #Zoom, we would be seeing someone that has the potential to be even more threatening than any of the speedsters Barry has faced. The real Zoom would likely be much more powerful and faster than Barry or Wally, because he would be manipulating time to his favor, rather than syphoning his powers from the Speed Force. He would be a different type of major villain and a great way for the writers to break away from their evil speedster template. He would also bring with him a unique storyline that The Flash is in a strong position to deliver.
In the comics, part of the real Zoom's origin story involves an injury from Grodd. The Flash has already built up a huge storyline for Grodd and could easily recreate Zolomon's origin story. Additionally, in the comics, Zolomon was Wally West's chief adversary. Now that they have introduced Wally West, it would makes sense for them to add his nemesis similar to how they introduced Eobard Thawne as Barry Allen's nemesis.
The fact that his doppelgänger was the main villain of Season 2, gives Team Flash a good reason to be skeptical of Earth-1 Hunter Zolomon. Perhaps Wally West will try to befriend him in an attempt to prevent him from becoming like his Earth-2 doppelgänger (similar to how Caitlin Snow is becoming like her doppelgänger). Then, he could suffer an injury from Grodd that would create tensions between the two of them and ultimately result in him getting powers. From there, the show could easily adopt the comic book storyline of him wanting to make Wally West a better hero by getting him to suffer a personal tragedy like Barry.
All They Need Is For Teddy Sears To Come Back
After Season 2 of The Flash, Teddy Sears moved onto another show, 24: Legacy. However, he has expressed interest in returning, just as executive producers have expressed interest in having him come back. He wouldn't necessarily have to be a disposable Big Bad of a season, he could also just be a recurring character that would appear whenever Sears' schedule allows him to do the part.
And he should, because Earth-1 Zoom is much better than Earth-2 Zoom.
Initially, many fans speculated that Sears may come back as the Black Flash. We just recently got to see Black Flash in action in Legends of Tomorrow. The character is all CGI, so it's unlikely that they will ever need Sears for that, but he could easily return as Hunter Zolomon of Earth-1.
Recently, in a radio interview Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim said that there will be a character from one of the other shows reprising their role in Legends of Tomorrow:
“We, just yesterday, made an offer to an actor to reprise their role from one of the other shows in the season finale of 'Legends.'”
Now, who could that be? It could be someone random like Constantine, Black Siren, Ra's al Ghul, Nyssa al Ghul, Ronnie Raymond, Killer Frost, or someone totally unexpected. I'd like to fantasize that this will be the real Zoom.
It's definitely possible. After all, Legends of Tomorrow brought the Black Flash into their world before The Flash got to introduce him. Part of the reason for this is because the Reverse Flash is involved in the show. With the Reverse Flash in play, it opens up many doors for the writers. Who knows — they could potentially introduce the real Zoom on Legends of Tomorrow before they do on The Flash.
Regardless of where he appears first, I hope that they at least bring back Earth-1 Hunter Zolomon in some capacity, preferably as the real Zoom.